• Brief Update from the Legislature
  • Writers Panel at NOFA-VT Conference
  • Brief Update from the Legislature

    This past Friday, March 15th, was crossover in the state house - this is the day that bills in policy committees need to get voted out of committee if they’re going to stay on deadline for passing this year. It’s a good indicator of priorities, although some bills do get special extensions and budget items have a later deadline. Given that this is a traditional taking stock moment for legislative work, we checked in with some groups that spend a lot of time in the state house to find out their thoughts on legislation to watch.

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  • Writers Panel at NOFA-VT Conference

    Julia Shipley, John Churchman, and Kate Spring all have very different ways of blending farming, homesteading, and writing - poetry, essays, articles, and picture books were all part of the discussion in our writers panel at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference. Helen Labun moderated, and the notes on what we said are now posted! 

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Roasted Tomatoes

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Roasted Tomatoes

Preserve the tomato harvest (and also enjoy tomatoes right now) with this simple roasting technique, featured with Rose de Berne tomatoes but good with many varieties!

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325º.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (this step is important!  Otherwise, you’ll end up with a very hard-to-clean baking sheet).

Wash and core tomatoes, then slice them into halves or quarters lengthwise and place on the baking sheet cut-side up.  

Peel and crush the garlic, and add to the tomatoes.  Scatter chopped herbs of choice, and onion slices if you’re using them, on top.  Drizzle generously with olive oil. Drizzle balsamic vinegar (if using) on top, and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper.

Roast for 1 hour, or until the tomatoes are soft and shriveled.  

From there, you can use the tomatoes immediately in a sauce, soup, or stew.  Use as-is, puree into a sauce, or put through a food mill to remove seeds and skins-- or preserve them in the freezer.

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